Lesson 9

2 Timothy; Titus; Hebrews 1–7

The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.

Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.

Complete four of the five assignments:

1.  2 Timothy 1:1–10. Paul’s Affection for Timothy

Read the institute student manual commentary for “The Second Letter to Timothy” (p. 374) and “Background Information” (pp. 374–75). Then read 2 Timothy 1:1–7; Moroni 8:3; 9:6, 22, 25. Compare in writing how Paul’s feelings for Timothy were similar to those Mormon expressed to his son Moroni by answering the following questions:

  • What parallels are there in the counsel and expressions given by both Paul and Mormon?
  • Why do you think Paul noted Timothy’s grandmother’s and mother’s faith?
  • What assurance did Paul give Timothy about “the spirit of fear”? How can this counsel and assurance help you in your life?

Read 2 Timothy 1:15–18. Why did Paul love and bless the “house of Onesiphorus” with the Lord’s mercy? What did Paul bless him with? Read Matthew 25:35–40 and write a sentence describing what you could do today to receive similar blessings from the Lord. How does Matthew 11:29–30; Jacob 1:8 help you better understand what the “chain” is (yoke or cross) that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy 1:16?

2.  2 Timothy 1–4. Paul’s Final Counsel to Timothy

Make a chart like the one below. Read 2 Timothy 1:7–13; 2:1–26; 3:10–17; 4:1–8. As you read, fill in the chart with (1) examples of what Paul did to demonstrate faithful discipleship and (2) counsel Paul gave to Timothy that would help him have strong faith in the midst of apostasy.

List the counsel Paul gave to Timothy that is of most value to you. How can you use that counsel to improve?

Read 2 Timothy 1:15; 2:17–19; 4:3–4, 10, 14. Describe in writing what evidence Paul gave that a general apostasy had already begun in his day.

Compare 2 Timothy 3:1–7 to 2 Nephi 28:3–9; Doctrine and Covenants 1:15–16. Write one or two paragraphs about how perilous times and signs of apostasy are also evident in our day. How can you protect yourself against these evils?

Share in writing one way you have experienced the truthfulness of 2 Timothy 3:16–17.

3.  Titus 1–3. Epistle of Obedience

Read Titus 1:1–5 and the Bible Dictionary entry for “Titus” (pp. 785–86). Write a paragraph about who Titus was and what responsibility he had toward the Saints living in Crete.

List the attributes of a bishop found in Titus 1:6–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–7.

Read Titus 1:10–16 and the student manual commentary for Titus 1:12, “The Nature and Character of the Cretans” (p. 373). Make a list of the problems Paul identified that existed among the Saints in Crete.

Read Titus 2–3. Then write your answers to the following questions:

Read Titus 3:9 and the student manual commentary for Titus 3:9, “Why ‘Avoid Foolish Questions, and Genealogies, and Contentions, and Strivings About the Law’?” (p. 374). Write a definition for what is meant by foolish questions and genealogies. Write a paragraph about how you could stay grounded in “sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1) and “avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law.”

4.  Hebrews 1–2. Jesus Christ Is Greater than Angels

Refer to “Epistle to the Hebrews” in the Bible Dictionary (pp. 746–47). Read the first paragraph and the “Analysis of Hebrews” 1–5. Make a list of what Jesus Christ is superior to.

Read Hebrews 1. Make a list of three truths Paul taught about the Savior Jesus Christ.

Read Hebrews 2:7–18; 4:13–16; Alma 7:11–15; Doctrine and Covenants 122:8. In writing describe how these scriptures explain reasons the Son of God came to earth to experience mortality.

5.  Hebrews 3–4. Entering into the Lord’s Rest

Read Hebrews 3:8–4:16 and the student manual commentary for Hebrews 3:11, “What Does It Mean to Enter into the ‘Rest’ of the Lord?” (p. 383). Write answers to the following

  • What group of people were refused entrance into the Lord’s rest?
  • What sins caused them to forfeit this privilege?
  • How does Doctrine and Covenants 84:23–24 help define what is the Lord’s rest?
  • What sins did Paul repeatedly warn against so as not to incur the same punishment?
  • How do you think the warnings in Hebrews 3:12–15 apply to us?
  • List the counsel found in Hebrews 4 that will help a person enter into the rest of the Lord.
  • How do Matthew 7:21–23; John 7:17; James 1:22 help in understanding how the word needs to be “mixed with faith”? (Hebrews 4:2–3).

6.  Hebrews 5–7. Jesus Christ Is Greater than Melchizedek

Read Hebrews 5:4; Numbers 27:18, 23; Doctrine and Covenants 42:11; Articles of Faith 1:5. From these verses describe in writing the Lord’s approved pattern for how someone comes to be a priesthood leader. How do we know who has authority in the Church today?

Read Hebrews 5:7–8; Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 14:25–40 and the student manual commentary for Hebrews 5:7­8, “Does the Phrase ‘Though He Were a Son’ Apply to Melchizedek, to Christ, or to Both?” (p. 384). Write answers to the following questions:

  • Why was Melchizedek considered a great high priest?
  • List a few of the miracles he performed according to Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 14:25–40.
  • What Old Testament prophet did Melchizedek bless?
  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 107:2–4 and explain why we call the greater priesthood the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Read Hebrews 6:1–3. Then write answers to the following questions:

  • What important doctrinal correction did Joseph Smith make in Hebrews 6:1? (see footnote a).
  • Why is it important that a person not leave behind faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Read Hebrews 6:4–6; Alma 24:30; 39:6; Doctrine and Covenants 76:31–38 and the student manual commentary for Hebrews 6:4–6, “What Must People Do in Order to ‘Crucify to Themselves the Son of God Afresh, and Put Him to an Open Shame’?” (p. 385). According to Matthew 12:31, how serious is the sin described in Hebrews 6:4–6? Write what a person must do to become a son of perdition and what the eventual punishment will be.

What does Hebrews 7:1–6 teach you about the greatness of Melchizedek? List the ways that Melchizedek is similar to or a prototype of the Savior (refer to JST, Genesis 14:25–40 if needed). Read the student manual commentary for Hebrews 7:3, “Was Melchizedek ‘Without Father, Without Mother, Without Descent’?” (p. 385). Identify in writing who Hebrews 7:3 is speaking of.

Read Hebrews 7:15–28. Describe in writing what Paul taught about the priesthood and about Jesus Christ.